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17 May 2019

Capacity-building of Civil Society Actors Through Training and University Programmes in Central Asia

This report looks at situation in three countries of Central Asia in regard to the needs and possibilities for capacity building of civil society through organizing training and developing university programs. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have some common issues in this regard as well as different contexts which would affect how a proposed Civil Society Institute can approach working in these countries.
While countries differ on many aspects of their capacity related issues, yet they share many common problems, and this may affect programming for capacity building in the regional and national levels. This report presents consecutively three countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) in regard to the general situation of civil society, capacity needs and conclusions with country specific recommendations. This is followed then by the overall conclusion and overall recommendations.
The Civil Society Initiative (CSI) was established in 2017 to foster an enabling policy and administrative environment for civil society in Central Asia and assist the development of a broad spectrum of civil society actors. CSI promotes the building of domestic institutional and leadership capacity, under three over-arching pillars of skills, knowledge and resources. The Civil Society Initiative is part of the Graduate School of Development of the University of Central Asia. The Civil Society Discussion Papers series is intended as a dynamic avenue for authors to share ideas with audiences concerned with current and emerging issues facing civil society development in Central Asia. ‘Discussion Papers’ may be cited without seeking prior permission.